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  • Age (If you want): 24

    How Primal are you: all the way aside from some beer i.e. Guinness.

    Do you consume dairy: yogurt, brie, feta.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: yes please and yes

    Motivator for switching to Primal: the health, the feeling, the taste, the lifestyle.

    Favorite exercise: this summer it's this ...mud run

    Favorite Primal food: Fish

    I've gradually cut down on grains in general the past few months, discovered crossfit, then happened upon some of vibram's five fingers then.... I stumbled upon the Primal Blueprint. It is a little odd how everything came together. This lifestyle rocks and I'm excited about the future in regards to my lifestyle in general.

    since cutting out grain and then going Primal I have:
    experienced hunger as usual but with out the "crash" I was used to.
    I've had noticeable changes in my skin as far as tone and clearness.
    I am satisfied with and after every meal.
    My workouts seem to pay off more, I've always been strong and fast, but now I look like I do as well.


    • Location: San Diego, California (originally from Colorado)

      Age: 36

      I guess now I have pretty well fully converted, before I was making sure to eat "clean", my MMA coach gave me a simple piece of advice, "if it comes in a wrapper, don't eat it". That guy is ripped and is a beast so it seemed like sound advice. I have been pretty true to that, but now I am cutting out the grains, which is hard since my wife is from Thailand so of course rice is served with every meal.

      I used to love milk, but after I got married I found out that my wife, like most Asians, is lactose intollerant so we dropped that a few years ago. I still like cottage cheese, but I'm doing without no problem.

      Coffee is a huge thing for me especially since I just got back from Afghanistan and I lived off it over there, even when it was a day old and cold. I am switching over to Green Tea more now, mostly because I don't want to worry about staining my teeth.

      I am motivated by the desire to live healthy and to show my little girl a healthy way to live, in general I consider it a quality of life thing.

      My favorite exercise is Muay Thai (I guess that counts), if not I love burpees and pull ups.

      I just like food, I am not picky at all. I have learned to eat for survival, not enjoyment. I also tend to slam dunk my food and not really tatse it, much less savor it.

      Like I said before I believe that Primal is the healthiest, most natural way to go and that it will improve my life and my family's lives all around.

      The worst part is that everyone in my platoon (I'm a Marine) sees the way I eat and they always give me a hard time for my disciplined eating habits, while they eat alot of garbage. They all know that I'm a fighter and I have to maintain my weight so they ask questions. I hate saying that I'm on Primal or Paleo or any type of a plan that has a name because it just sets you up for being ridiculed for being a hippy in the Marine Corps.


      • Hi everyone, I'm Khrystyna and I've been paleo the last few months and having great success so far in sorting out my health problems.

        Your location: Ireland

        Age (If you want): 25

        How Primal are you: Totally! (I think ) maybe say 95% to be sure.

        Do you consume dairy: Only butter

        Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee

        Motivator for switching to Primal: My health, got fed up of having IBS

        Favorite exercise: walking and digging in my veg patch

        Favorite Primal food: Anything with lots of fat in it, hmmm.. maybe macadamias

        Best part about being Primal: Getting to eat lots of fat and not having stomach cramps everyday

        Worst part about being Primal: Not getting to eat freshly baked bread or croissants in cafes with my coffee
        My primal adventures:
        Cooking, nutrition, gardening, foraging, preserving, photography


        • Your location: canada

          Age (If you want): 36

          How Primal are you: i eat fish, veggies, tiny bit of dairy, no grains, no refined sugars, i try to follow my ancestral diet (mongolian)

          Do you consume dairy: very little

          Do you drink coffee or tea: just tea

          Motivator for switching to Primal: vibrant health, anti-aging and weight loss

          Favorite exercises: yoga, ballet, hiking and the occasional run

          Favorite Primal foods: eggs, avocadoes, fish

          Best part about being Primal: weight loss and muscle toning!

          Worst part about being Primal: eating things with faces (used to be vegan)


          • The Questions:

            Your location: Corvallis, OR

            Age (If you want): 25

            How Primal are you: Around 85% -- weíre a grain/sugar-free household, pretty good at buying local and organic but one paycheck pays for two adults and one Schipperke so we make do. Fortunately, forage opportunities come my way and I take advantage of them

            Do you consume dairy: Yep, cream in my beverages, cheese once a blue moon, and homemade yogurt for my smoothies.

            Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee in the morning and usually a cup of tea in the afternoon. Hot drink consumption goes up once the rains come.

            Motivator for switching to Primal: A friend of mine who's a mad Crossfitter (and I mean in that in a nice way) kept singing her paleo dietís praises. Researched followed (sister had the Primal Blueprint) and experimentation began.
            I went vegetarian when I married and noticed I always felt run down ĖI became anemic no matter how careful I was, my hypoglycemia was out of control, and I caught every bug twice. I wasnít like that as a child and Iíd like to get back to that vitality and energy; for my husband (14+ years as a vegetarian), it about losing weight.
            Preliminary results ĖI havenít had a low sugar spell since I switched and Iím as bouncy as the monkey everyone calls me. The husband has had it harder (carb withdrawals) but says he feels greater mental clarity and more energy.

            Favorite exercise: Crossfit has been a blast (rings and deadlifts are the best fun) but nothing beats a playground set or a walk with the family.

            Favorite Primal food: Berries, bacon or grass-fed steak

            Best part about being Primal: My hypoglycemia is non-issues these days Ėno more passing out when I go without food for an hour and seeing my husband ditch the devilís powder (sugar).

            Worst part about being Primal: Eating out or reading amazing descriptions of food I no longer choose to eat.


            • Hi all,
              My name is Jonesy Jay and this is just a quick intro,
              I've got the book, joined the forum, and nearly ready to start going all Primal on my fat old belly!!!!

              Your location: United Kingdom

              Age (If you want): 39 years young

              How Primal are you: just starting out but cutting the grains and carbs on monday

              Do you consume dairy: yes, but maybe try to cut down on my enormous milk consumption, they'll be some dairy cows sighing with relief, they could do with the rest.

              Do you drink coffee or tea: Green tea all the way

              Motivator for switching to Primal: Fat and nearly forty!!

              Favorite exercise: Press ups of all variety, rather partial to fitdeck workouts and a bit of TRX too

              Favorite Primal food: anything chicken or cow based

              Best part about being Primal: I'll let you know.

              Worst part about being Primal: I'll let you know


              • hai

                Your location: Minneapolis

                Age (If you want): born 1966

                How Primal are you: not very. I've almost entirely cut processed sugar and white grains (pasta, bread, pizza, white rice, etc.) out of my diet. I sometimes eat Uncle Sam's Cereal for breakfast. That is about the only grains I eat.

                Do you consume dairy: yes: buttloads of cheese

                Do you drink coffee or tea: tanks of coffee

                Motivator for switching to Primal: Lose weight,

                Favorite exercise: Cycling, Swimming

                Favorite Primal food: Lox, big-ass salads

                Best part about being Primal: Not falling asleep all the time

                Worst part about being Primal: NO BEER

                I've lost 25 pounds since winter by vaguely following this diet/blueprint. Probably all that weight is from not eating bagels. I need a certain amount of carbs because I bike 100 miles on a typical weekend and commute 10 miles to work every day. So, I'm not really down with the no cardio aspect of the Primal Blueprint. The interesting thing is that until I cut out grains and sugar, I just wasn't losing weight no matter how much I exercised. I'm 6'4 and about 210 pounds now. This is down from 235 in January.

                Other problem is that I can't seem to stop talking about this stuff.


                • Your location: North Carolina

                  Age (If you want): 24

                  How Primal are you: Just started

                  Do you consume dairy: Yes, hopefully I can learn and cut back if necessary

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: No coffee, lots of sweet tea (obviously a southerner)

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: My entire adult life (from college to now) I have always been "just" overweight. I have never had a body that I am proud of nor have I ever felt good about the decisions I make w/ food and exercise. I got away with it when I was younger due to being more active and just being younger, but now I am feeling the repercussions of eating the same way yet not being as active (and older). I have been reading this blog on and off for about a year and it's finally time for me to shut up, stop making excuses, and get on track before it's too late. I have a wife who is 14 weeks pregnant w/ our first child and I don't want to pass my bad habits to my future children. America needs help and I want to be one that defies the trends.

                  Favorite exercise: Love to walk, play golf, and lift weights

                  Favorite Primal food: not sure yet, probably fresh beef!

                  Best part about being Primal: hopefully it's finding my optimal weight!

                  Worst part about being Primal: i think i'll be missing wendy's cheeseburgers


                  • Your location: Northeast Oregon

                    Age (If you want): 65

                    How Primal are you: Just started, so probably 50%

                    Do you consume dairy: yes - still addicted to creamer in the coffee and Greek yogurt

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: yes to both

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: Poster on P90X started this eating plan and has started losing weight after being on a plateau

                    Favorite exercise: P90X stretch

                    Favorite Primal food: chicken poppers

                    Best part about being Primal: less 'cooking' and more BBQ-ing

                    Worst part about being Primal: friends and family thinking there's something wrong with you
                    "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, Guinness in one hand, steak in the other, yell 'Holy Sh**, What a Ride!" - You bet, I stole it!

                    Date: 9/14/11
                    Current Weight: 151.2
                    Inches: 360.25
                    Body Fat %: 32.7


                    • Your location: The Great White North

                      Age (If you want): 52

                      How Primal are you: Just got here, 's been a week...

                      Do you consume dairy: Cheese is king!

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee hot and black!

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: I always get sick on grains but thought I had to eat 'em to be healthy....

                      Favorite exercise: Dancing with my dogs

                      Favorite Primal food: Braised Pork chops!!!!

                      Best part about being Primal: My dogs are much more likely to spend the dinner hour with me.

                      Worst part about being Primal: The search for organic meats....


                      • Your location: Massachusetts

                        Age (If you want): 28

                        How Primal are you: Just starting up - fully on monday

                        Do you consume dairy: Mostly cottage cheese for breakfast but I do love my cheese

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Neither, altho I have been taking supplements with caffeine which I'll probably have to cut out

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Someone on another message board mentioned the book and it sounded really intriguing. Loved the stuff inside and the opportunity to improve my body and health at the same time is a great motivator

                        Favorite exercise: pull ups

                        Favorite Primal food: Sushi grade tuna lightly torched

                        Best part about being Primal: We'll see but hopefully trimming down my BF% into the single digits + health

                        Worst part about being Primal: Sushi Rolls & Pizza are my 2 favorite foods, I think that speaks for itself


                        • Your location: Montreal

                          Age (If you want): 20

                          How Primal are you: 80 - 90% the majority of the time.

                          Do you consume dairy: Very little. (The hormones affect me terribly.)

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: Both!

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: Wanting to be healthy, reading about it and feeling bad about the carbs, losing the small weight I'd gained from working at Starbucks (ugh.)

                          Favorite exercise: Playing ice hockey!

                          Favorite Primal food: Organic dark chocolate - does that count?

                          Best part about being Primal: Having way more energy.

                          Worst part about being Primal: Not be able to go out with friends who just want to carb all the time.


                          • The Questions:

                            Your location:

                            Age (If you want):

                            How Primal are you:
                            Food-wise or lifestyle-wise?
                            I usually eat very strict for a period than fall down because of social expectations. Like for instance friends or relatives are going out to eat and you have nothing primal to choose from, and people think you are rude and spoiled because the food isn't "good enough" for me.

                            Life style-wise, I am very primal in my heart and mind. I reject my modern life and see our civilized life as the biggest curse and mistake we've ever made. But I know people have a very hard time hearing such things, so I'm gonna try to keep my voice low in that department.

                            Do you consume dairy:
                            Yes, cream (40%) for cooking and cheese (38% made from cream, it's not the american term "cream cheese")

                            Do you drink coffee or tea:
                            Both. Black strong coffee and carefully chosen teas, most often green teas.

                            Motivator for switching to Primal:
                            I've had several steps that has taken me to Sisson's primal term and book. It first started with The Warrior Diet, followed by the lchf-movement here in Sweden with pioneer authors that melted bodyfat like there was no tomorrow listening to the Government food agencies' recommendations and doing exactly the opposite. Conn Iggulden's books about Julius Caesar motivated me to get in better shape. Info on the The Weston A. Price Foundation's website, and other low carb forums eventually led me to find Mark's Daily Apple-blog.

                            Favorite exercise:
                            Kettlebells and bodyweight exercises (I'm too weak to actually do bodyweight exercises, but they are a huge motivation).

                            Favorite Primal food:
                            Cheeseburgers with sometimes bacon and/or fried eggs on top. Or a wok made of elk chafe, broccoli, cauliflower, onions and garlic, with either coconut milk or cream as sauce and different spices, of course.

                            Best part about being Primal:
                            Seeing people around you eating like toddlers, every second or third hour, in deadly fear or agony of a bloodsugar dip. Being able to have stable bloodsugar, that is. I do daily intermittent fasting. I'm very inspired by the success of Martin Berkhan at Leangains, but I still follow the Warrior diet fasting plan, 20 hour fast and about 4 hour feeding window (although I always only eat one meal a day).

                            Worst part about being Primal:
                            Missing out some non-primal foods that I really love, like ordering home Chinese food.


                            • The Questions:

                              Your location:
                              Northeast USA

                              Age (If you want):

                              How Primal are you:
                              I have been overweight and a sugar addict for most of my life, leading to even more rapid weight gain (the PCOS belly; it was better-distributed before) and a whopper diagnosis of PCOS/insulin resistance/pre-diabetes at age 18. I knew that I had to cut out sugar. After bouts of struggling unsuccessfully, not caring and sinking back into depression and eating crap, I realized last spring that I really had to cut out sugar and grains. This website helped a lot in realizing the why and how of it. I lost 15 pounds last spring when I followed this and although I have strayed since then, I broke my sugar addiction for the most part and have maintained this weight. Now I'm in the real world and, realizing that I'm going to have to feed myself from now on, I brushed up on primal nutrition/exercise and realized that, last spring, I was putting more of the emphasis on protein and not fat, and still on net calories rather than eating naturally. So I've decided to do combine my newfound love of cooking with primal, and have lost another 10 pounds already... and I can be assured that it's not muscle... I can feel the fat melting away! I have so much energy and feel great and actually *want* to get up and move around.

                              Do you consume dairy:
                              Yes, mostly yogurt, and some cheeses. I used to make myself drink milk but I don't like it that much, even whole milk. Maybe I would like raw milk if I tried it.

                              Do you drink coffee or tea:
                              Try to drink green tea every day. Coffee occasionally, but I really shouldn't because it makes me sick... I love iced coffee though.

                              Motivator for switching to Primal:
                              Losing weight and getting leaner and stronger while not having to obsessively calorie count and spend four hours a day on a treadmill?? (An endocrinologist friend of my mother's told her that's what I should do... makes me not trust doctors) Actually ENJOYING food?? What could be better?

                              Favorite exercise:
                              Dance of any kind.

                              Favorite Primal food:
                              I was never much of a bacon/steak person before, because I didn't grow up eating them; now I actually consciously add them into my diet. But it's nice knowing that chicken and eggs won't kill me.

                              Best part about being Primal:
                              Not feeling hungry all the time and not feeling guilty all the time for thinking about wanting to eat sweets all the time. Now I think about food too, but it's because I'm actually planning my meals and noticing my mood/energy levels and how great I feel.

                              Worst part about being Primal:
                              Friends who are jealous and bitter that I lost more weight than I did just by changing what I eat, even without going to the gym, whereas they were going to the gym everyday.


                              • G'day, Mat here from Oz.

                                I've been using this site as an inspiration for around 6 months. So far I've lost 16Kg in that time. I thought it would be rude not to post my success after using the advice from people here!

                                Your location: Australia

                                Age (If you want): 35

                                How Primal are you: Pretty much - no pasta, no rice, no bread etc. Eat lots of eggs and meat Plus veggies

                                Do you consume dairy: Yes - hard cheese and milk. Not too worried about it.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: Lots of Coffee - black. (Before Primal, was getting lots of heartburn. Now, even drinking it black (very strong), no heartburn).

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: As above, really bad Heartburn and generally feeling like crap 24/7

                                Favorite exercises: Rock Climbing, Martial Arts and Tennis - now I'm thinner, I can run freely without breaking down and am enjoying that for the first time ever.

                                Favorite Primal foods: Meat! Eggs, avocado

                                Best part about being Primal: Losing lots of weight and being forced to buy new clothes - shorts literally falling down! Feeling much better about myself healthwise and body-consciously. People noticing.

                                Worst part about being Primal: No bread - surrounded by habitual Toast eaters at work - it's the Bacon of Vegetarians for Primal I think